US & Canada

George Zimmerman's wife files for divorce

Shellie Zimmerman arrives at court in Sanford, Florida, to attend her husband's trial on 13 July 2013
Shellie Zimmerman attended the July trial at which her husband was acquitted

The wife of the Florida neighbourhood watchman who was acquitted of killing an unarmed black teenager is divorcing him, her lawyer has said.

The filing by Shellie Zimmerman, 26, comes a week after she admitted lying for her husband in a bail hearing.

George Zimmerman, 29, was not in court as she was sentenced to a year's probation and 100 hours of community service for perjury.

Her husband shot dead 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

He claimed self-defence and was acquitted in July of second-degree murder in the Orlando suburb of Sanford.

Mrs Zimmerman's lawyer, Kelly Sims, confirmed her client had submitted a petition for divorce on Thursday in Seminole County, central Florida.

She said last week in an interview with ABC News that she was not sure if she wanted to stay married to her husband.

At a June 2012 hearing for him, Mrs Zimmerman lied about the assets they had while a judge was determining a bail amount.

More on this story